Our Board Members
Dr. Rosette Adera is a former refugee from Rwanda who lived, studied and worked in Kenya for fourteen years before she emigrated to Canada. She has spent close to thirty years teaching and working in higher education in Kenya, Canada and the US. Rosette has served on several boards including Women Graduates-USA and El Centro Hispanoamericano. She continues to facilitate the inclusion of refugees, new immigrants and other vulnerable populations into the workforce as well as academic environments.
Currently, she is the Chair of the Business Administration Department at Pillar College where she teaches courses in management, she is the Faculty Advisor for international graduate students and for Pillar Enactus. When she is not doing that, she is engaging in social entrepreneurship, running small startups and writing curriculum. Rosette lives with her husband Mathews and grandson EliJude in New Jersey, USA.
Doug Anderson currently serves as an Associate Pastor of Christ is the Answer Ministries in Maryland. He is also the Co-founder and Director of Global Partnerships at Garden of Hope Foundation. Doug’s background is in holistic community development, which has taken him to various parts of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
He holds a M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Pillar College. He enjoys traveling, trying different kinds of food, and lots of laughter. Doug lives with his wife, daughter and son in Maryland.
Keyla Pavia is the Vice President of Enrollment Services at Pillar College, an accredited four year institution of higher learning in New Jersey. She has a passion to serve the youth.
In 2016 she founded a girls’ mentoring program called Abigail’s Place; a one-year coaching program for girls ages 12-23. Today she serves with her husband, Francisco Pavia, as Youth Leaders at Grace Fellowship Chapel in Bedminster, New Jersey, working with Middle School to college-age students
Brittney Anderson is a wife and mother of two children. She strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and her first role is taking care of her family and supporting her husband in his ministries. She wears many hats and strongly believes in doing the most good where one is planted.
Her passions include food justice, urban agriculture, cooking, sustainably grown organic food, earth stewardship, healthy lifestyles, and minimalistic living. Brittney holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. Her professional experience spans a variety of sectors including: environmental scientist, marketing director, nonprofit fundraising, tech company start-up, and business consulting.
Ndocha Mugoya is a Professional in the Field of Finance, Accounting and Administration with over 9 years of experience in Budgeting and Forecasting, Internal Controls, Financial Reporting, Procurement and Logistics, Audit, Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Project Management.
He is currently the Finance and Administration Lead at Basic Needs Basic Rights Kenya, a National Non-Governmental Organization, that Intervenes in Mental Health where he is entrusted with the responsibility of running the critical support functions of Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology.
He has previously served as a Treasurer to the Board of Amazing Minds Africa, an NGO based in Nairobi.
Ndocha holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology.
During his free time, Ndocha loves participating in Marathons, hiking, travelling, and cycling.
Beverlyne M. Mudeshi is a dynamic leader with a proven track record of working internationally to deliver quality service in fast paced environments. Beverlyne has a diverse background in Customer Service, IT, Training and Facilitation, Marketing and PR, Business Support Services, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).She has expertise in designing and deploying CSR programs and well as keen monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of these community programs and initiatives for the intended beneficiaries.
She thrives in managing relationships between corporate partners, NGO’s, local communities, and governments that foster and nurture lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships.She passionate about CSR and community level projects having implemented successful community level programs across Africa and the Middle East. She is currently working as a corporate governance freelance consultant. The flexible nature of her work gives her the opportunity to work closely with projects and programs that are close to her heart.
Anne Kamau is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K) with over 10 years’ experience as a financial professional. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Finance and Accounting and a Diploma in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University. She is also a Certified Grants Manager from Strathmore Business School.
In the last 5 years, Anne led the finance and operations teams in grants implementation projects from various donors across the East African region. She is passionate about the youth and women empowerment. To relax, you can find her enjoying inspirational and business books over a hot cup of Kenyan tea.
Josephine Wairimu is a legal professional and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 4 years-experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and professional qualifications such as Certified Public Accounting (CPA), Certified Public Secretary (CPS) and Certificate in Arbitration.
Josephine is currently undertaking an MSc in Development Finance with a focus on Sustainable Finance and Development, Governance and Economic Policy. She is a co- Founder of Utatuzi Center, a legal-technology startup based in Nairobi which provides innovative technology solutions to facilitate swift, convenient and affordable access to justice. Apart from this, Josephine is passionate about social impact, and is part of several non-profit organizations dealing with sustainable development, youth empowerment, volunteering and philanthropy.
Esther Ogonda is a self-driven Public Health Nutrition consultant with nearly 20 years’ experience from 9 countries where she has worked as program manager, technical advisor or external consultant in various emergency and development Health and Nutrition programs with different INGOs.
She is also an author as well as the founder and CEO of Electra Hadassah Consultants and Foundation. She brings in experience and passion for sustainable, transformative community development interventions. She is currently pursuing a post doctorate degree in organizational leadership to strengthen her passion for mentorship, and advocacy for the things she believes in. She lives with her husband and 3 children in Nairobi, Kenya.
Caroline Mukui is a banking and financial services professional with over 10 years’ experience in commercial banking. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry as well as multiple competency certificates in various banking roles. Aside from being a banking professional, she has worked in media, as a research consultant and as a teaching assistant.
She is passionate about youth mentorship and helping women from deprived backgrounds become financially independent and hence live with dignity. In line with this, she has worked with Kirangi Educational Trust to uplift standards of education and with the Catholic Church to train and facilitate underprivileged women set up viable income generating projects.
When I’m not working, I enjoy mothering my 11-year old son or relaxing with a good book.
Caroline is seasoned Human Resource Generalist, having practiced in the Human Resource field for 10 years. She is also a Counseling Psychologist by profession. She has demonstrated history of working in automotive manufacturing, FMCG & social organization industries. Currently the HR Manager at Paygo Energy. Previously the Senior HRO at Mobius Motors (K) Ltd.
She is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Counseling Psychology & Sociology from Kenyatta University and a diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Commercial Management. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Kenyatta University.
She enjoys generating new ideas and finding solutions to everyday problems. Her view of life is that of a glass half full. She is seeking opportunities that promote the essence of humanity and inspire hope to make the world a better place.
Esther is a a qualified Human Resource practitioner, who is passionate about seeing organizations produce long-term sustainable development through the implementation of HR best practices. She has extensive experience in Human resource consultancy, her career spans 10 years.
The Master’s Degree holder from the university of Nairobi is also a fashion enthusiast and has a flare for design. In her free time, she does volunteer work; including missions, and reaching out to the less privileged in society.